Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) formed the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Caucus to preserve PSLF, which the Trump/DeVos FY2018 education budget would eliminate if enacted. PSLF encourages people to pursue careers in education, firefighting, law enforcement, and other forms of public service by forgiving the balance of Federal Direct Loans after 10 years of full-time public service and 120 on-time monthly payments. NEA Member Featured in Op-Ed By Reps. Boyle and Costello on Importance of PSLF Program. To join the PSLF Caucus or learn more about it, please contact one of these staff members:
The College for All Act (S. 806/H.R. H.R. 1880), introduced in April 2017 by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), would make community college free and eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000 a year — about 80 percent of the population. The bill also cuts student loan interest rates in half and would allow student loans to be refinanced when interest rates drop.
The Higher Education Act (HEA) is up for reauthorization in the 115th Congress. First passed in 1965 to ensure that every individual has access to higher education, regardless of income or zip code, the Higher Education Act governs student-aid programs, federal aid to colleges, and oversight of teacher preparation programs. NEA’s priorities for the next HEA include making college more affordable, enhancing access to higher education, improving teacher preparation, and recognizing educators as stakeholders.